TV & Movies

30 Of The Best New Movies On Stan Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
30th Dec 2021

Wonder Woman, Batman and The Flash

A sure-fire way to ruin the perfect night on the couch is having to waste your precious binge time searching for the perfect flick. Fortunately, Stan is packed with a bunch of epic blockbusters.

To ensure you can start smashing the popcorn sooner, we’ve rounded up the very best movies on Stan right now. Happy binging.

Justice League 

DC fans amp up because Justice League will see all of your favourite superheroes come together for one seriously action-packed film. In this flick Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Bruce Wayne, aka Batman (Ben Affleck) join forces to work against the evil Steppenwolf, and his attempt to destroy humanity. But the duo can’t do it alone, so they turn to their fellow superheroes for help—The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Expect mind-blowing action scenes and the ultimate battle of good versus evil. 

Christmas On The Farm

Christmas on the Farm follows Clementine Jones, an Australian author whose autobiographical book about life on a Queensland farm is snapped up by powerhouse publishers London & London. But the truth is, “Clementine” is actually Emmy Jones—a New York socialite who has been passing her late mother’s journals off as her own. When the publisher announces that they're travelling to Australia for an authentic ‘Clementine’ Christmas before signing off on the lucrative deal, Emmy must race back to the old family farm, roping in her cousin and his husband Miles to help maintain the ruse. 

Nightcrawler 

Nightcrawler is a psychological thriller that you’ll be hard pressed to tear yourself away from. It follows Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), a driven man desperate for work, who eventually muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism. But soon his hunger for a good story grows too large and he begins to blur the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding in his effort is Nina (Rene Russo), a TV news veteran who will stop at nothing to be the number news anchor in the country. 

Nitram

The first Australian film to be selected for Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in a decade (with Caleb Landry Jones winning Best Actor honours for his performance), Nitram depicts the events leading up to one of the darkest chapters in Australian history in an attempt to understand why and how this atrocity occurred. It features an all-star Aussie cast including Caleb Landry Jones, Essie Davis, Judy Davis and Anthony LaPaglia.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Fantastic Beasts follows the adventures of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. Newt specialises in collecting curious and magical beasts. But when Obscurus, a parasite that develops inside magically gifted children when their abilities are suppressed, threatens to destroy magic and all of humanity, Newt—and his sidekicks—must band together to save the world.

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Needle In A Timestack

Needle in a Timestack is a gripping, near-future love story directed by Oscar winner John Ridley. It follows Nick and Janine (Leslie Odom, Jr. and Cynthia Erivo) who live in marital bliss, until Janine’s ex-husband (Orlando Bloom) warps time to try to tear them apart using Nick’s college girlfriend (Frieda Pinto). As Nick’s memories and reality disappear, he must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in order to hold onto—or let go of—everything he loves.

Silk Road

Inspired by actual events, this crime thriller follows young and idealistic Ross Ulbricht (played by Love, Simon’s Nick Robinson), who creates the internet’s first unregulated marketplace on the darknet: Silk Road. But when the site becomes a multimillion dollar pipeline for illicit drugs, Ulbricht draws the attention of Rick Bowden, a dangerously unpredictable DEA agent who uses any means necessary to take him down.

Minari

Written and directed by the incredible Lee Isaac Chung and nominated for a whopping six Oscars in 2020, Minari is one of the best movies on Stan right now. It goes like this: A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home. Yes you’ll want to keep the tissues close for this one. 

Streamline

Executive produced by retired swimming star Ian Thorpe, Streamline follows the talented Benjamin (Levi Miller) a 15-year-old swimming prodigy whose disciplined world collapses in on itself when his long-absent father is released from prison. With buried traumas from his childhood brought back to the surface, catalysing a spate of self-destructive behaviours. The question is, will this young athlete's promising career sink to the watery depths?

Pacific Rim

Long ago, legions of monstrous creatures called Kaiju arose from the sea, bringing with them all-consuming war. To fight the Kaiju, mankind developed giant robots called Jaegers, designed to be piloted by two humans locked together in a neural bridge. However, even the Jaegers are not enough to defeat the Kaiju, and humanity is on the verge of defeat. Mankind's last hope now lies with a washed-up ex-pilot (Charlie Hunnam), an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) and an old, obsolete Jaeger.

Supernova

This heart-wrenching film will hit you right in the feels. It goes like this: Sam (Academy Award winner Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners of twenty years, are traveling across England in their old camper van visiting friends, family and places from their past. Following a life-changing diagnosis, their time together has become more important than ever until secret plans test their love like never before.

The Departed

And oldie but absolutely a film worth your time, put The Departed to the top of your must watch list. It follows south Boston cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he goes undercover to infiltrate the organisation of gangland chief Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). As Billy gains the mobster's trust, a career criminal named Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) infiltrates the police department and reports on its activities to his syndicate bosses. When both organisations learn they have a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin must figure out each other's identities to save their own lives.

The Town

Directed, co-written by and starring Ben Affleck, this crime thriller is an absolute must see. It follows Doug MacRay (Affleck) who leads a band of ruthless crooks—including his temperamental brother James (Jeremy Renner)—to rob a local bank. Everything changes for Doug when James briefly takes a hostage, bank employee Claire Keesey. Learning that she lives in the gang's neighborhood, Doug seeks her out to discover what she knows, and he falls in love. As the romance deepens, he wants out of his criminal life, but that could threaten Claire.

Wind River

This mystery thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. It follows Cory (Jeremy Renner) a veteran hunter who joins forces with green FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) to investigate the tragic murder of an 18-year-old woman on a Wyoming Native Amercian reservation. Taking place in the middle of a freezing winter in sub zero temperatures, the unlikely duo find that when they scratch the surface, sinister secrets of the local townspeople—and the truth behind the murder—are revealed. If you're looking for one the best movies on Stan right now—Wind River is it.

Gravity

Scooping an impressive seven Academy Awards, pop Gravity to the top of your must watch movie list. It goes like this: Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a medical engineer, goes on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut, Lieutenant Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), on his last flight before retiring. But when disaster strikes on a seemingly routine spacewalk, the pair are faced with their worst nightmare—they’re left alone and stranded in space.

Wonder

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder is one of the best movies on Stan right now. It tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a young boy with facial differences who is starting year five at a mainstream primary school for the first time in his life. Facing discrimination and barriers, this movie will make you cry so make sure you keep the tissues close. It features a banging cast including Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. 

Wonder Woman

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

The Marksman

If you’re a fan of Liam Neeson and his action-packed thriller flicks then you’ll love The Marksman. It follows former United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper and Vietnam War veteran Jim Hanson (Neeson), a widower and alcoholic who lives along the Arizona-Mexico border. His life is turned upside down when he witnesses an 11-year-old migrant fleeing with his mother from drug cartel assassins, forcing him to come out of retirement and protect those most vulnerable. 

Wild Mountain Thyme

We can’t lie, this one has a very shocking ending but stick with it because the wanderlust-inducing Ireland setting alone makes it worth a watch. It follows headstrong farmer Rosemary (Emily Blunt) who has her heart set on marrying her neighbour Anthony (Jamie Dornam)—a man she has pined over since childhood. But despite her attempts at wooing him, Anthony remains oblivious to Rosemary, believing that he has inherited a family curse that makes him incapable of falling in love. 

What To Expect When You’re Expecting

Featuring an all-star cast (including Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Rock and Anna Kendrick), this feel-good rom com is the perfect weekend movie. It follows the lives of five interconnected couples as they experience the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and realise that no matter what you plan for, life does not always deliver what is expected. It's like Love Actually but with baby bumps. 

I Don’t Know How She Does It

Based on Allison Pearson's 2002 novel of the same name, I Don’t Know How She Does It follows Kate (Sarah Jessica Parker), a mum-of-two who is constantly trying to juggle home life with her career as a finance executive. When her hunky new boss (played by Pierce Brosnan) offers Kate the chance to work on a huge new account, she jumps at it, but soon her marriage begins to slip and she forgets important milestones in her kid’s lives, forcing Kate to question if she can really have it all.

High Ground

One of the best movies on Stan right now, put High Ground to the top of your must-watch list. The powerful flick follows former World War I fighter turned police officer Travis (Simon Baker), who, after losing control of an operation in the NT that resulted in the massacre of an Aboriginal tribe, leaves the force in disgust. Fast forward 12 years and Travis is called back to the job, this time to find Baywara, an Aboriginal warrior whose attacks on new settlers are causing havoc. Helping him track down Baywara is Gutjuk (Jacob Junior Nayinggul) a young Aboriginal man and the only known massacre survivor. What Travis doesn’t realise is that Baywara is Gutjuk’s uncle, and the hunter is about to become the hunted. 

Hacksaw Ridge

Directed by Mel Gibson and based on the 2004 documentary The Conscientious Objector, ​​Hacksaw Ridge will keep you on the edge of your seat until the credits roll. Scoring a whopping six Oscar nominations in 2016 the flick tells the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (BAFTA winner and Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. The all-star cast features a slew of talented Aussies including Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, Luke Bracey and Rachel Griffiths. 

How To Be Single

Fresh out of college and starting her first job in New York, Alice (Dakota Johnson) splits from her longtime boyfriend to discover herself and to learn ‘How To Be Single’. Helping her along the way is her hilarious colleague Robin (Rebel Wilson) and her big sister Meg (Leslie Mann). From playing the field to cracking dating-site algorithms, Alice soon realises that perhaps the grass isn’t always greener with hilarious and heartbreaking results. 

Survive The Night

Starring Bruce Willis and Chad Michael Murray, Survive The Night unfolds with two brothers whose attempted robbery of a local garage goes terribly wrong when the owner fights back. With one of the robbers suffering a gunshot wound, the brothers take a disgraced trauma doctor Rich Clark (and his entire family) hostage, forcing him to operate. What they haven’t bargained for is Rich’s dad Frank (played by Willis) who will stop at nothing to save his son and family. It soon becomes a dangerous game of cat and mouse to see who will survive the night. 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

In this action comedy, Ryan Reynolds stars as Michael Bryce, a former triple A rated executive protection agent and CIA officer who has built up a reputation as being one of the world’s best private hire bodyguards. But he appears to have met his match when he gets his latest client, Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson)—one of the world's most notorious hitmen. Bryce’s job? To keep Kincaid alive until he testifies at the International Criminal Court. Together, they must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time. Special shout out to Selma Hayek who plays the hitman’s wife and has her own spin-off flick at the cinemas right now. 

Gifted

Keep the tissues close for this indie drama from the same director as (500) Days Of Summer. Gifted follows Frank (Chris Evans), a former college professor turned boat repairman who has been raising his niece Mary since she was six months old after his sister tragically passed away. Frank is following his sister’s one dying wish—that Mary have a normal childhood that is filled with love. But when word spreads that now seven-year-old Mary is in fact a child genius, Frank’s mother Evelyn turns up on their doorstep and fights for full custody of Mary so she can send her to a gifted school. 

Step Up

Let all the nostalgia vibes flow with Step Up, arguably one of the best dance movies of all time. If you’re one of the few people who haven’t seen this romantic flick, it follows Tyler (played by Channing Tatum), a teen from the wrong side of the tracks who after he gets caught vandalising a performing arts school ends up having to work as a janitor there to pay his dues. Whilst there he meets dance student Nora (Jenna Dewan). Together they fall in love and encourage each other to follow their passion for dance and fulfil their dreams.

The Big Sick

Based on true events, The Big Sick is produced by Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids and Trainwreck) so you just know this romantic comedy is going to be the goods. It goes like this: Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), a Pakistani comic and part-time Uber driver, meets and falls for American graduate student Emily while at one of his gigs. Their whirlwind romance comes to an abrupt end when Emily learns Kumail’s parents are planning an arranged marriage for him. But when Emily gets sick and falls into a coma, Kumail finds himself forming a deep bond with her parents, played by Ray Romano and Holly Hunter. 


Moonlight

Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s semi-autobiographical play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, this flick is absolutely one of the best on Stan right now. The drama follows a young, gay African-American man, Chiron, growing up in a rough Miami neighbourhood. The film tracks him through three life stages—youth, adolescence and early adult life—as he struggles with his identity and finding his place in the world. Starring powerhouses Jharrel Jerome and Mahershala Ali, this incredible movie scooped several accolades including the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture and the Academy Award for Best Picture. 

 

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